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Nation's Judges Make a Personal Plea to Fill Benches
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Nation's Judges Make a Personal Plea to Fill Benches

Originally ran in the the Washington Times. The nation's federal judges yesterday implored Congress to look beyond debates over judicial vacancies long enough to increase the number of judgeships by 54.

05/30/2002
Death Tax: It's about values
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Death Tax: It's about values

BY Paul Beckner

Have you ever heard an actual economic argument made for keeping the Death Tax? No one claims that by diverting resources from productive investments into tax shelters the Death Tax spurs economic growth and job creation. No one claims that forcing a family to sell a farm or a business to pay off the Death Tax helps create wealth.

05/30/2002
Environmentalists Drive 'Gas Guzzler' From Protest Site
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Environmentalists Drive 'Gas Guzzler' From Protest Site

From CNSNews.com May 29, 2002 Dallas (CNSNews.com) - Anti-corporate protesters and environmentalists were charged with hypocrisy for leaving a Dallas rally against ExxonMobil Corporation in a full size passenger van. Free market counter demonstrators began chanting "SUV Alert" as the anti-corporatist protesters retreated to their Ford Econoline van.

05/29/2002
Advice Abounds On State Budget
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Advice Abounds On State Budget

BY Amy Gardner, Wade Rawlins

The General Assembly returned to Raleigh on Tuesday to mend a $ 2 billion budget hole -- and to listen to the hundreds of voices of those who think they know best how to do it. Lawmakers did little other than return to their desks and open the House and Senate for business, but outside, roughly 300 protesters crowded the sun-flooded steps of the Legislative Building to herald the legislature's return with songs, chants, placards and this warning: Don't damage state services.

05/29/2002
Support the Elected SBOE as They Protect the Children's Textbook Fund!
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Support the Elected SBOE as They Protect the Children's Textbook Fund!

The House Select Committee on Constitutional Revision will "evaluate the public perception of the need for comprehensive revision of the Texas Constitution" specifically, the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the $20 billion Permanent School Fund (PSF). The PSF is used to purchase textbooks and with a potential $5 billion budget shortfall, legislators are salivating over the PSF and want to get their hands on it...we must support the SBOE in their effort to protect the fund. They are all that is standing between the fund and legislators who would raid the fund.

05/28/2002
Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry
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Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry

As United Airlines and US Airways plunge further into debt, both airlines have little choice but to seek concessions from employees, apply for government-guaranteed loans, and potentially file for legal relief from debts through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the effects of September 11th on airline travel cannot be underestimated, particularly for US Airways which has a traffic hub at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, much of the airlines’ financial turmoil could have been averted had the Bush administration allowed the two airlines to merge. Instead, the Justice Department demanded concessions that would have nullified the benefits of the union and United decided to terminate the deal in July of 2001.

05/28/2002
Auto Insurance Needs Reform
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Auto Insurance Needs Reform

When it comes to automobile insurance, the prospects for New Jersey’s consumers are bleak. Unlike many states, New Jersey’s insurance market remains mired in regulation that leaves consumers few real options in the marketplace. Four of the six largest insurers in the nation have pulled out of New Jersey, and one more is filing the paperwork to do so. Clearly, a system that drives out the major insurers does not serve consumers well. Unless New Jersey sheds its unwieldy insurance system, consumers will continue to face a shrinking set of options. Customer choice and competition have brought dramatic changes to insurance markets in other states; those states still clinging to regulation need to re-examine the role of markets.

05/28/2002
A Constituent By Any Other Name
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A Constituent By Any Other Name

Congress is out of town this week enjoying a Memorial Day recess. I hope everyone had time over the holiday to find their representative at an event to ask them about their support for permanent elimination of the Death Tax or about their support for personal retirement accounts! If not, you still have a few days with them in town; give them a call, see if you can meet. We here at CSE are always happy to provide you with talking points or issues that you can discuss! That actually brings me to what I wanted to write about today -- your power as a constituent.

05/27/2002
Capital Notebook
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Capital Notebook

BY Lesley Stedman

At 15.5 cents per pack, Indiana has the 44th-lowest cigarette tax in the nation. Only six states - including Kentucky at 3 cents - have lower rates. That could change if a bill approved last week by the House Ways and Means Committee becomes law. House Bill 1001 would boost Indiana's tax by 39.5 cents to 55 cents per pack.

05/26/2002
N.C. Cupboard is Bare
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N.C. Cupboard is Bare

BY Wade Rawlins, Amy Gardner

The General Assembly returns to Raleigh on Tuesday to face a budget crisis of historic proportions. The last time that North Carolina confronted such large budget cuts was the 1930s, and state leaders fundamentally redesigned the services that government provided and the taxes that were levied. Gov. Mike Easley and legislative leaders say that nothing short of North Carolina's future is at stake now. But are they reshaping government? Not in next year's budget. Are they going to revamp the tax system? Not in next year's budget.

05/26/2002

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